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Romo: Cowboys are going to be tough to beat if healthy

gidiefor : Mod : 7/14/2017 12:03 am
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I think you find that Dallas, expectations are obviously ramped up, and that happens when you have a season like they did last year and rightfully so, Romo said, via DFWs CBS 11. If Dallas can stay healthy, theyre going to be a tough team to beat. Ill get into more analysis later. Right now at this point, theyve been healthy enough to get through the offseason without anything detrimental that can really hurt you going forward. From there, its just about creating the culture and getting the environment right.

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Got News for Romo  
Samiam : 7/14/2017 12:13 am : link
If the Giants are healthy, they'll be tough. Same for Eagles & Redskins. Is this what he's bringing instead of Simms?
He has no choice but to compliment the Cowboys this season.  
Dave in Hoboken : 7/14/2017 12:21 am : link
They won the division last year and he got his job taken away. If he criticizes them before they even play, he'll be looked at as bitter for losing his job to a rookie.
I think thats fair to say  
giantgiantfan : 7/14/2017 12:37 am : link
and what else do you expect him to say?
it's gonna be a brutal year  
SHO'NUFF : 7/14/2017 1:10 am : link
for my mute button
Nothing he is saying is false or offensive  
David in LA : 7/14/2017 1:42 am : link
Last year's top seed stays healthy they will be tough to beat. Likewise with us. We match up well with them, and we added some pieces that should give our offense a boost next year.
Not if you  
Phil in LA : 7/14/2017 2:01 am : link
Throw the ball.
Most likely  
SimpleMan : 7/14/2017 2:15 am : link
he read about the Pythagorean Theorem the douchey Cowboys fan was spouting off about here.
Yea  
Glover : 7/14/2017 3:12 am : link
he was asked about the Cowboys. He probably would have said the same thing if asked about the Giants.
You would have to predetermine  
joeinpa : 7/14/2017 3:29 am : link
That you will not like Romo as an analyst to be critical of those comments
I really don't think so  
Big Rick in FL : 7/14/2017 5:50 am : link
They had a 4th place schedule last year. This year they'll have a first place schedule. That should make things a lot tougher. Teams have a full year of film on Dak plus he didn't play particularly well against the few good defenses he faced last year (Giants, Vikings) this year he should be playing much better defenses.

They lost 2/5 of their starting OL.

Randy Gregory is suspended for the entire year. David Irving is suspended for 4 games.

They lost a bunch of defensive starters and some of their top backups. Barry Church, Brandon Carr, Morris Claiborne, Terrell McClain, JJ Wilcox & Jack Crawford. All 6 of them were in their top 14 in snaps for 2016.

They didn't do very much to replace those guys in free agency. Their free agent signings were pretty bad. They signed a bunch of guys who are below average to average.

If they win 9 games I'd be shocked.


They didn't do much to replace them. Their free agent signings were terrible.
In the NFL, ANY team that stays healthy will be "tough to beat"  
ZogZerg : 7/14/2017 6:42 am : link
That's the nature of the NFL. Healthy teams do well.
RE: You would have to predetermine  
T-Bone : 7/14/2017 6:55 am : link
In comment 13527928 joeinpa said:
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That you will not like Romo as an analyst to be critical of those comments


Ha! Basically.
RE: In the NFL, ANY team that stays healthy will be 'tough to beat'  
Big Blue Blogger : 7/14/2017 6:55 am : link
ZogZerg said:
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That's the nature of the NFL. Healthy teams do well.
Exactly. Except maybe Cleveland... and even they are approaching the point where maybe their first-stringers can be competitive.

Basically, any team with a good QB and a reasonably healthy roster is a tough out - even with a defense as porous as Dallas's is likely to be. There's still some question about whether Prescott is actually a good QB. I think he's probably good enough, as long as Elliott and the line remain intact.
RE: Nothing he is saying is false or offensive  
TyFromQueens : 7/14/2017 6:58 am : link
In comment 13527914 David in LA said:
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Last year's top seed stays healthy they will be tough to beat. Likewise with us. We match up well with them, and we added some pieces that should give our offense a boost next year.


Agreed.

I think Reese realized he needed to build a team that can match up and nullify the squads in our division.
With the weapons we have on offense,even if our OLine plays the same or has marginal improvement,we should be able to move the ball downfield.
And while anything can happen,I don't see any reason why our defense should take any steps backwards. I love our chances!
It's the division.  
Big Blue '56 : 7/14/2017 7:44 am : link
Every team will be tough to beat
He saw what happened to Tiki.....  
Doomster : 7/14/2017 8:03 am : link
He will be a good little Cowboy, and be one of Jerruh's favorites....
RE: It's the division.  
SGMen : 7/14/2017 8:12 am : link
In comment 13527968 Big Blue '56 said:
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Every team will be tough to beat
Honestly, any of the four teams could win the division this year.

Every team is "one injury or two at the same position" away from being "average" at best. Washington's offense, for example, will still be solid despite losing receivers. Philly's Wentz may improve by leaps and bounds - or NOT. Dallas may see Elliott suspended for opening day on top of their defensive suspensions; Dallas may really feel the loss of mauler Leary & RT Free retirement moreso than they realize and therefore the run game isn't as strong, etc.

The Giants must get off to a healthy, fast start if they want to win the divison from the other 3 teams. I truly believe because we have kept continuity on both sides of the ball and have peppered in weapons & blockers (B. Marshall, E. Engram, R. Ellison) where we really needed them we can do just that: punch every team in the face before they find themselves for a 5-0 start.

Romo has to be a homer, what else do we expect?
Homerism at epic proportions again on BBI  
Kivorka : 7/14/2017 8:38 am : link
If a former Giant said the same thing about our team you would all be jumping for joy. Absolutely nothing wrong with what Romo said.
RE: Homerism at epic proportions again on BBI  
jcn56 : 7/14/2017 8:39 am : link
In comment 13528007 Kivorka said:
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If a former Giant said the same thing about our team you would all be jumping for joy. Absolutely nothing wrong with what Romo said.


Troll away elsewhere, that's been pointed out already.
RE: Nothing he is saying is false or offensive  
Kivorka : 7/14/2017 8:40 am : link
In comment 13527914 David in LA said:
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Last year's top seed stays healthy they will be tough to beat. Likewise with us. We match up well with them, and we added some pieces that should give our offense a boost next year.


++1
RE: He saw what happened to Tiki.....  
Kivorka : 7/14/2017 8:41 am : link
In comment 13527989 Doomster said:
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He will be a good little Cowboy, and be one of Jerruh's favorites....


You're a dipshit
What he said about health is revealing.  
Ira : 7/14/2017 8:41 am : link
Dallas doesn't have much depth at most positions. Health is a concern to every team, but especially to Dallas.
Romo- if its raining, the floor will be wet.  
GMAN4LIFE : 7/14/2017 8:44 am : link
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CoughlinHandsonHips : 7/14/2017 8:46 am : link
I mean, they have a talented offensive line and running back, with a QB who is careful with the football.

Their defense is well coached.

Of course they're tough to beat when healthy. But what NFL team isn't? The healthiest teams go farthest into the post season.
Nothing he said here is really debatable  
mfsd : 7/14/2017 8:51 am : link
but I think Dak could face some sophomore struggles, as teams have a year of film on him to help prepare and exploit his weaknesses (which the Giants did well in our 2nd win over them)

Then, it will be interesting to hear what Romo has to say...were the Cowboys to lose a few games in large part bc Dak isn't playing well, and others start talking about how Dak is no Romo
RE: RE: He saw what happened to Tiki.....  
Big Blue '56 : 7/14/2017 8:55 am : link
In comment 13528013 Kivorka said:
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He will be a good little Cowboy, and be one of Jerruh's favorites....



You're a dipshit


What did he say exactly that merits a "you're a dipshit?"
the giants might be "tough to beat" too  
annexOPR : 7/14/2017 9:00 am : link
eli, marshall, odell, shepard, engram, Perkins, OV, JPP, Snacks, Kennard, DRC, JJ, Apple, Collins ...

so sick of hearing about Dallas. They are not that good - and had a terrible offseason.
RE: RE: RE: He saw what happened to Tiki.....  
Brown Recluse : 7/14/2017 9:03 am : link
In comment 13528023 Big Blue '56 said:
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In comment 13528013 Kivorka said:


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In comment 13527989 Doomster said:


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He will be a good little Cowboy, and be one of Jerruh's favorites....



You're a dipshit



What did he say exactly that merits a "you're a dipshit?"


Nothing. Apparently Kivorka just enjoys calling people dipshits.

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RE: I'm telling you
Kivorka : 7/13/2017 2:52 pm : link : reply
In comment 13527071 Chris684 said:
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Dallas is going to get rolled week 1.

If each team is at relative full health on opening night, this has all the makings of a beatdown.

Eli loves that building and Dallas is going to be marching out a patchwork secondary against him with Beckham, Marshall, SS and Engram to deal with?


Our defensive front is one of a few in the league that can win individual physical matchups along that offensive line.

Prescott comes back to earth a bit in year 2, but in all honesty, last year was never about him.

Good luck.


You're a dipshit

Dak Prescott has called the NFC East for 2017 - ( New Window )
ALL NFL teams are a tough out  
AnnapolisMike : 7/14/2017 9:08 am : link
He did not predict wins...just that they will be tough to beat. Cleveland will be tough to beat if your team stinks up the joint as well.

Injuries are always an X factor and usually a big reason why teams succeed or fail.

What is going to get old is having both #1 crews with former Cowboy QB's.
Nothing wrong with the comments imo...  
Dan in the Springs : 7/14/2017 9:09 am : link
but they don't provide much or any insight. Picking the #1 seed from last year to be a tough out is jr. high level NFL analysis and commentary.

Having said that - I've been doing a lot of thinking about Dallas and where they are at and I think while they take a step back for a time, they could be tough for quite a while in the future. I'm not saying I'm afraid of them or that they'll win a bunch of super bowls, but they won't likely be a 5 win team again any time too soon.

In the cap era there are only so many ways a franchise can gain an advantage. Top scouting, top coaching and a good management team, to go along with a solid strength/conditioning program are ways a team can differentiate themselves. I think Dallas has offensive and defensive coaches that are very, very good. What they accomplished last year on offense with their rookies is not done very often. What they did with the defense we all laughed about before the season was also impressive.

If they can get their cap under control enough to become players in FA they can build a very, very dangerous team imo.
bizarre  
NoPeanutz : 7/14/2017 9:09 am : link
Glass Romo is the reason the Cowboys were unhealthy/not tough to beat for much of the last decade.
My brother is a devout Dallas Cowboy Fan (Thanksgiving damaged)  
SGMen : 7/14/2017 9:33 am : link
My brother believes Dallas will have a strong DL and by mid-season, a very strong secondary to go with LB Sean Lee. His thinking is yes, it will take some time to gel but Dallas will outscore teams early and later the balance will come.

I mentioned the suspensions and he minimized them outside of saying "they'll likely miss DL Irving" early; DB Carroll as well.

One notable he did mention is that the OL may not be as good this year due to the loss of Leary and Free. If they take an injury they won't have as much depth this year to overcome. He believes Elliott may be suspended for a game but not much more.

I think we match up well with Dallas, assuming we are healthy, and the added pieces on offense will be enough for us to have a balanced attack and win a road game to start 1-0. My brother says, "probably true" due to suspensions and matchup issues which he believes will exist early but improve later. Ho-Hum, we shall see how it all plays out.
I don't agree with this  
BigBlueDownTheShore : 7/14/2017 9:35 am : link
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theyve been healthy enough to get through the offseason without anything detrimental that can really hurt you going forward.


How are the suspensions of 3 of your starting defenders not detrimental to their team?
Their defense is suspect  
blueblood : 7/14/2017 9:37 am : link
at best... Dallas will be what they always are.. a big tease than never produces the goods.
#1 analyst?  
trueblueinpw : 7/14/2017 9:41 am : link
This is the sort of insight which gets you the top spot on the CBS NFL broadcast team?

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"Ill get into more analysis later. Right now at this point, theyve been healthy enough to get through the offseason without anything detrimental that can really hurt you going forward. From there, its just about creating the culture and getting the environment right.


Sure, he's just tossing off some words at a golf tourney but a real sharp would at the very least have been prepared with a solid line or two about the Cowboys. Instead, he said something that is essentially uninformed (see BigRicks post above for all the off season changes that Tony apparently hasn't been briefed on). I wonder if Romo will put in the work necessary to become an even credible TV color guy? It's not as easy as it looks and being Nantz's buddy won't get Romo past week one.
Iirc, The year of Demarco Murray's breakout, or  
Big Blue '56 : 7/14/2017 10:15 am : link
the preseason of what was to be his breakout year, the opinion was almost universally accepted that Dallas' D was the worst or near the worst in the league..They won 13(?) games...I divide by 20 the veracity of the preseason prognostications for most if not all teams..The certainty of said prognostications, that is
I honestly believe the Cowboys fall back down to Earth  
montanagiant : 7/14/2017 10:53 am : link
They have lost more then they have gained in some crucial areas and now teams have had a whole off-season to view tape on Dak and Elliot. Add to that the suspensions they already have and the one that may be coming for Elliot and they could be in trouble this year
They have been gutted  
Don in DC : 7/14/2017 11:02 am : link
by free agency losses and suspensions, especially on D. Lost important parts of that dominant O-Line as well. I really don't see them being nearly as tough as last year, when we swept them. And I expect us to be significantly better on the offensive side of the ball than last year.

I think we will kick the shit out of them in Week 1 and it will be downhill from there for them.
Cowboys are going to start the season 0-2 and possibly 0-3...  
Keith : 7/14/2017 11:05 am : link
They are going to lose to the Giants. Things could change based on injuries in the pre-season, but assuming we have no major injuries, we are winning that game. Then week 2 they have to fly to Denver and they are losing that game too. Week 3 in AZ, winnable game, but no gimmee. The Cowboys aren't taking anyone by surprise this year either. I think they will be in contention all season, but it's going to start shaky for them....Book it.
That didn't take very long for another retired veteran in the booth  
Jimmy Googs : 7/14/2017 11:22 am : link
to go "all-homer" regarding his former team.

Hell, he didn't even get into announcer booth yet...
I don't think it's fair to say  
allstarjim : 7/14/2017 11:46 am : link
They lost 2/5 of their starting offensive line as a justification for slippage. La'el Collins is going to slide into that RT spot and he has a lot of talent and started 11 games in 2015, 3 starts last year.

I don't think they lose much with Free's retirement except maybe depth.

They may be in trouble at LG though, unless former first round pick Jonathan Cooper can have a career renaissance.

The guy they are really really going to miss is Barry Church. And I don't think his loss can be understated.

Losing J.J. Wilcox at the same time means that is going to hurt even more.

Byron Jones is being shifted to Safety full-time, and he's a great athlete. That will lessen the loss of Wilcox, but Jeff Heath is no Church.

If Jaylon Smith recovers and is a dominant player, which is not likely, then their defense will still be good after the early season suspensions. But I can't help but imagine what is going to happen to that secondary if they lose a guy or two. Like Scandrick, for example. They drafted a lot of corners, Jourdain Lewis, who I like, the highly regarded Chidobe Awuzie, and Marquez White.

That big investment in corners may pay off for them down the line, but it's likely a bad thing if too many rookies have significant roles in that starting lineup.

And what about Taco Charlton? If he's a real deal pass rusher, that is really going to help them.

The likelihood is that they are going to miss Church more than they realize, the rookies will go through some growing pains, and Smith is not going to be the player they drafted him to be.

But they have Elliott and Dak, and those two guys count for an awful lot.

RE: Cowboys are going to start the season 0-2 and possibly 0-3...  
WillVAB : 7/14/2017 11:53 am : link
In comment 13528138 Keith said:
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They are going to lose to the Giants. Things could change based on injuries in the pre-season, but assuming we have no major injuries, we are winning that game. Then week 2 they have to fly to Denver and they are losing that game too. Week 3 in AZ, winnable game, but no gimmee. The Cowboys aren't taking anyone by surprise this year either. I think they will be in contention all season, but it's going to start shaky for them....Book it.


They start the season vs 3 very tough defenses on paper right now.

I wouldn't be surprised if Dallas fans are calling for Romo to come out of retirement by the end of the first quarter of the season.
What Do People Expect Romo To Say?  
Bernie : 7/14/2017 11:54 am : link
especially when speaking to the local Dallas affiliate. If the Giants went 13-3 and won the division, I hardly expect any Giants fan to come into the following season thinking the Giants would not repeat.
RE: I really don't think so  
Gatorade Dunk : 7/14/2017 11:57 am : link
In comment 13527935 Big Rick in FL said:
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They had a 4th place schedule last year. This year they'll have a first place schedule. That should make things a lot tougher. Teams have a full year of film on Dak plus he didn't play particularly well against the few good defenses he faced last year (Giants, Vikings) this year he should be playing much better defenses.

They lost 2/5 of their starting OL.

Randy Gregory is suspended for the entire year. David Irving is suspended for 4 games.

They lost a bunch of defensive starters and some of their top backups. Barry Church, Brandon Carr, Morris Claiborne, Terrell McClain, JJ Wilcox & Jack Crawford. All 6 of them were in their top 14 in snaps for 2016.

They didn't do very much to replace those guys in free agency. Their free agent signings were pretty bad. They signed a bunch of guys who are below average to average.

If they win 9 games I'd be shocked.


They didn't do much to replace them. Their free agent signings were terrible.

This is such an overused point. There are only two games on any team's schedule that are determined by the previous year's standings. And given the YOY volatility of NFL teams, you can typically expect at least one of those two games to not be as tough (or as easy) as expected.
RE: Cowboys are going to start the season 0-2 and possibly 0-3...  
AnnapolisMike : 7/14/2017 12:09 pm : link
In comment 13528138 Keith said:
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They are going to lose to the Giants. Things could change based on injuries in the pre-season, but assuming we have no major injuries, we are winning that game. Then week 2 they have to fly to Denver and they are losing that game too. Week 3 in AZ, winnable game, but no gimmee. The Cowboys aren't taking anyone by surprise this year either. I think they will be in contention all season, but it's going to start shaky for them....Book it.


I will go further, the Cowboys schedule thru October.

Giants
@Denver
@Arizona
LA Rams
Green Bay
@SF
@Washington

They will do well to be 3-4 and could well be 2-5 at the end of October. Giants will likely be 4-3 or better.
i'm trying to remain calm  
djm : 7/14/2017 12:11 pm : link
just want the Giants to skull fuck Dallas and the hype machine so badly I can taste it. It won't be easy but please Giants, please do to Dallas what's you have done to them a few times over the last ten years or so. Please serve it up on a platter for all the NFL to see. The times dictate a serving of humble fucking pie to Big D and the brigade they ride in on every fucking year.

PLease NYG....do the Lord's work in 2017. You have got the ammo.
RE: RE: Cowboys are going to start the season 0-2 and possibly 0-3...  
annexOPR : 7/14/2017 12:16 pm : link
In comment 13528178 AnnapolisMike said:
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In comment 13528138 Keith said:


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They are going to lose to the Giants. Things could change based on injuries in the pre-season, but assuming we have no major injuries, we are winning that game. Then week 2 they have to fly to Denver and they are losing that game too. Week 3 in AZ, winnable game, but no gimmee. The Cowboys aren't taking anyone by surprise this year either. I think they will be in contention all season, but it's going to start shaky for them....Book it.



I will go further, the Cowboys schedule thru October.

Giants
@Denver
@Arizona
LA Rams
Green Bay
@SF
@Washington

They will do well to be 3-4 and could well be 2-5 at the end of October. Giants will likely be 4-3 or better.


rams/9ers are the only Ws in that list ... 2.5 would be lovely
Both reasonable and accurate.  
Mike in Long Beach : 7/14/2017 12:23 pm : link
Not news.
The Cowboys season hinges on one thing  
ThatLimerickGuy : 7/14/2017 12:37 pm : link
Dak Prescott.

I know it is easy to say for any team and their QB but for the boys, the gameplan changed a lot from last year to this year.

Last year it was run, run, run and somehow a patchwork Marinelli defense kept them close enough where Dak rarely had to win a game.

This year, the defense has taken a huge step back personnel wise, and the boys are betting a LOT on Dak becoming a real star to help them win games when their defense gives up 30.
RE: The Cowboys season hinges on one thing  
Big Blue '56 : 7/14/2017 12:47 pm : link
In comment 13528236 ThatLimerickGuy said:
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Dak Prescott.

I know it is easy to say for any team and their QB but for the boys, the gameplan changed a lot from last year to this year.

Last year it was run, run, run and somehow a patchwork Marinelli defense kept them close enough where Dak rarely had to win a game.

This year, the defense has taken a huge step back personnel wise, and the boys are betting a LOT on Dak becoming a real star to help them win games when their defense gives up 30.


Limo, you could be right, but again, a few years ago their D was considered to be at or near the bottom going into the season. They won 13 games. Marinelli is a brilliant DC, imho, so I'll see their big decline on D when I see it
I'll believe their big decline on D, when I see it  
Big Blue '56 : 7/14/2017 12:48 pm : link
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Maybe what Romo really is saying is if the injury bug hits Dallas  
wgenesis123 : 7/14/2017 6:13 pm : link
they are screwed because they are thin now.
I never listened to him when he played  
David B. : 7/14/2017 6:50 pm : link
why the F would I listen to him now?

Fox  
OC2.0 : 7/14/2017 7:30 pm : link
Should've picked him up & partnered him up with Troy. Then maybe they could've sucked each other off every Dallas game
RE: I'll believe their big decline on D, when I see it  
djm : 7/14/2017 8:38 pm : link
In comment 13528257 Big Blue '56 said:
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You've seen it every year during the Eli manning era. Boil down the Dallas romo era existence into one simple thing--- not enough defense. Then dak comes along and a good year in 2016. What did them in? Lack of Defense. They hung 30 in the playoff game.

Dallas could have a few things go right on D this season. I will allow for that to happen because dallas usually catches the healthy breaks. I could see a few IFs breaking the right way for Dallas too. And the D will still suck balls in the big spot. I wouldn't bet on Dallas holding any big qb down in the 4th. Not until proven otherwise. Go fucking prove it Dallas instead of talking the talk. Fast and friendly defense. Ain't stopping shit.
That's the scary truth for Dallas fans and media talkies  
djm : 7/14/2017 8:41 pm : link
But you don't hear the defense talk nearly enough. It's all dak and zeke and oline and will dak be the greatest thing ever. No talk about defense unless you're getting real analysis. Every hot take is positive in big D. Always seems to be that way....
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